I picked up this book because I loved Salt to the Sea, and I was definitely not disappointed. Ruta Sepetys proves, again, that she is the queen of historical fiction. Her writing style and focus on the often forgotten historical perspectives is part of what makes her one of my favorite historical fiction writers.
The story centers around Spain during Franco's rule. I didn't realize how little I knew about what it would be like living under that dictator until I read this book. Through incredibly complex characters and a quick-paced plot, Sepetys explores many of the different aspects of oppression under Franco, and how people learned to survive and endure.
The story is told through the perspective of a Texan photographer wanting to learn more about the country and a hotel maid who has a much deeper past than at first it might seem. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Spain under Franco or who enjoys historical fiction.